Boston Terrier Names and How to Name or Rename Your Dog

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by Lily Ferreras


Naming your Boston Terrier can seem like a big decision – and it is!

As part of welcoming the new member to your family, you want your dog to relate to his or her name.

Whether you are thinking of adopting or going to a reputable breeder, your Boston Terrier needs a name!

Our guide to Boston Terrier names will help you pick the perfect name for your amazing pup.

And if your dog already has a name, scroll to end of the post to find out if you should rename your new furry friend.

Boston Terrier Names

When choosing a name, consider the following:

  • Gender: boy or girl?
  • Personality: any funny traits or cute tells? e.g. Peanut, Gizmo, and Moose.
  • Colours: or a physical characteristic you want to honour e.g. Oreo, Tux, Pepper, Peanut, and Mini.
  • Dog facts: date of birth, a story around your dog, etc
  • Owner’s insight: do you like funny names? or do you prefer a short and sweet form to call your Boston Terrier?
  • Cultural references: you can go traditional or creative, sweet or funny, celebrity or intellectual, or from mythology goddess to rockstar…

But, how do you pick the right name for your Boston Terrier?

  • Is it easy to say? After all, you’ll be saying it all the time!
  • Does it sound good? Say it out loud. Can you loudly call your dog that?
  • Does it fit your dog? Does it match your dog’s personality and appearance?
  • Does it sound similar to a command word? Avoid names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”
  • And finally, trust your intuition. When you find the right name, you will know it! 🙂

Let your gut guide you whilst you read the following list of names for Boston Terriers!


Top 10 Boston Terrier Female Names

Here is a list of popular names you could give to your Boston Terrier girl:

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Ruby
  4. Stella
  5. Lily
  6. Daisy
  7. Lucy
  8. Roxie
  9. Lola
  10. Chloe

Top 10 Boston Terrier Male Names

Here is a list of popular names you could give to your Boston Terrier boy:

  1. Charlie
  2. Max
  3. Rocky
  4. Buddy
  5. Oliver
  6. Milo
  7. Cooper
  8. Bailey
  9. Bruno
  10. Duke

Funny Boston Terrier Names

Boston Terriers can be great comedians. They can be hilarious and very entertaining. So, a funny-sounding name is highly appropriate. 🙂

  1. Bolt
  2. Biscuit
  3. Salsa
  4. Biggie
  5. Cujo
  6. Rebel
  7. Chef
  8. Hulk
  9. Xena
  10. Thor

Read also: Boston Terriers Personality – What’s It Like to Own One?


Cute Boston Terrier Names

Many people consider Boston Terriers to be cute since this dog breed is a major snuggler and cuddler!

Here are some cute names for Boston Terriers: 

  1. Ash
  2. Ava
  3. Bitsy
  4. Cora
  5. Fifi
  6. Lula
  7. Nash
  8. Oreo
  9. Teensy
  10. Jojo

Unique Boston Terrier Names

Finally, here’s a list of names related to Boston Terrier’s personality and physical appearance:

Small Boston Terrier Names

Boston Terriers are 15 to 17 inches (38.1 to 43.2cm) tall and don’t weigh more than 4.5 to 11 kg (9.92 to 24.25 lbs). So, they are considered a small dog breed!

  1. Bitty
  2. Button
  3. Chico
  4. Elf
  5. Little
  6. Mini
  7. Minnie
  8. Morsel
  9. Munchkin
  10. Pebbles
  11. Smalley
  12. Tiny

Black & White Boston Terrier Names

This is the classic Boston Terrier look, also known as “The Tuxedo Look.” This signature look is responsible for the breed’s nickname: “The American Gentleman.”

  1. Checkers
  2. Cookie
  3. Domino
  4. Harlequin
  5. Minnie
  6. Panda
  7. Penguin
  8. Pepper
  9. Puffin
  10. Tux 
  11. Mickey
  12. Oreo

Black Boston Terrier Names

Only making reference to their black coat (ignoring those white markings when picking the name).

  1. Ash
  2. Cinder
  3. Coal
  4. Ebony
  5. Ember
  6. Jet
  7. Noir
  8. Onyx
  9. Raven
  10. Shadow

Read also: Blue Boston Terriers and Other Rare Colours [With Pictures] – all about Boston Terrier colours!

Seal or Brown & White Boston Terrier Names

Seal colour is defined by the American Kennel Club Boston Terrier Breed Standard as: “appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light” (source). So, the colour seal can look like dark brown.

On the other hand, the brown & white colour combination can be referred to as liver and white, or chocolate and white.

In either case, here are some matching names:

  1. Bear
  2. Brownie
  3. Chestnut
  4. Cocoa
  5. Hickory
  6. Kahlua
  7. Moose
  8. Mudd
  9. Rolo
  10. Seal
  11. Tanner
  12. Teddy

Brindle & White Boston Terrier Names

Brindle is not defined genetically as a colour; it’s a pattern. This pattern can occur within black, dilute (lilac and blue) and brown coats.

  1. Camo
  2. Freckles
  3. Inky
  4. Patches
  5. Pebbles
  6. Pixel
  7. Snickers
  8. Speckles
  9. Tiger
  10. Turtle

How to Name or Rename Your Boston Terrier 

Once you come up with a name, it’s time to name your pup or consider if it’s appropriate to rename your adopted dog.

How to Teach a Boston Terrier their Name

  1. Get some small treats and move your puppy to a room without distractions (the hallway, for instance, with all doors closed). You can have your Boston Terrier on a leash too.
  2. Say your puppy’s name in a clear, happy, excited voice.
  3. As soon as your dog looks at you, praise them with a caress or a treat.
  4. Then, wait until your Boston Terrier looks away to get their attention again.
  5. Repeat the process 3 to 5 times.

Play this name game several times a day and soon your Boston Terrier will learn their name and respond to it!

Read also: Boston Terrier Obedience Training – Basic Commands – which includes recall training.


How to Change Your Boston Terrier’s Name

Do you have to change a dog’s name after adopting?

No, you don’t have to.

My first dog, Boss, was a boxer that we adopted after he was one year old. Although I wasn’t thrilled about the name, we thought it would be easier for him to keep his name since it was the second time he was rehomed after his first family.

However, there are a few situations where you might consider changing your dog’s name after adoption:

  1. You already have a dog with that name.
  2. The name is a mouthful or you strongly dislike it.

Insider Tip: Choose a similar sounding name to make the transition easier for your dog and for the change of name to be effective.

For instance, when a family adopted Tilly, the Jack Russel cross dog that we were fostering, they already had a dog with that name. So, they decided to call her Milly.

To rename your Boston Terrier, simply follow the same steps for teaching a puppy their name:

  1. Get some small treats and get your dog on the leash in a room with no distractions.
  2. Say your dog’s new name in a clear, happy, excited voice.
  3. As soon as your Boston Terrier looks at you, praise them with a caress or a treat.
  4. Then, wait until your Boston Terrier looks away to get their attention again.
  5. Repeat the process 3 to 5 times, several times a day, until your dog responds to her new name!

So, what NAME is it going to be? Let me know what name you choose in the comments section!!

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